It’s one of those days. Your kid is being particularly annoying, you just got a good glimpse of yourself in the mirror and realize that you are growing a mustache, your kitchen sink has at least 4 sippy cups in it and you have not taken a Buzzfeed quiz in at least 24 hours. It’s been a long day at mom & co. You need a break. The television isn’t working, board books are being thrown right back at you and you are dying to take a piss on your own. What do you do? Give that kid a tablet and forget about all the “expert” opinions. Experts at what? Making mothers feel guilty? Yes, some studies say that you should not allow your child to use a tablet. However, I feel that everything is fine in moderation, including fried chicken wings but that’s for me, not the child. Here are a couple of my favorite guilt free iPad learning apps for toddlers that won’t make you feel bad for allowing 15-60 (120) minutes of iPad time.
FW Deluxe by Learning Touch LLC (FREE)
My kids love this game and I love it too. They learn letters, their sounds and finally how to put it all together in order to spell words. The great part is that it makes them feel super confident as readers. They’re willing to take a chance on trying to sound out a word and that is priceless. Penelope was reading sight words at 2 years old and so is Baron. This learning app is not only educational but F-U-N, fun.
Kids’ Puzzles by Develion Art, s.r.0
I’m a huge puzzle lover and the best part about puzzle apps is that there is no clean up or missing pieces, like ever. There are a ton of puzzle apps but these two are my favorite. My toddler loves puzzles as much as his sisters and I LOVE not having to pick up puzzle pieces.
Farm Animals by Photo Touch (FREE)
Mooooooove out the way annoying flashcards! This app teaches the names and sounds of farm animals. Nothing is cuter than a tiny toddler making animal sounds when they see pictures of animals when you are out and about. Unless of course it is at the butcher, then things get awkward.
This company also makes an app that is specifically for Sight Words and very cleverly named, Sight Words. In case you haven’t gotten it by now, it teaches… Drumroll… Sight Words. Also an awesome app.
Shapes by Toddler Teasers (FREE)
Triangle, Circle, Square, Hexagon. This toddler app teaches beyond the basics. While I personally only think of teaching basic shapes, this app goes into shapes that I still have to process a bit before saying out loud. “If octagon means 8 sides, then a hexagon has 6 sides?” They also collect tiny treasures that go into their virtual toy box.
Giraffe’s Matching Zoo by Tomato Interactive, LLC (FREE)
By any means necessary. Matching Zoo keeps my toddler occupied and he cheers himself on every time he matches the animals in the game. This toddler app takes it to the next level and the cards all make a sound when they are flipped which helps my toddler remember where the matching cards are. I’m amazed at how well he plays this game every single time.
Tiggly! Anything and everything Tiggly by Kidtellec Inc
Tiggly is a very interactive app. I. Love. It. My son started with Tiggly Shapes. You purchase the shapes and download the corresponding app for free. Your toddler can then bang the hell out of the screen with the shapes without a worry since they are specifically made for a toddler to use. Their newest game is Tiggly Counts which is a new spin on those boring math blocks we had growing up. I have downloaded each and every Tiggly app on the iPad. Tiggly does not disappoint. Here are a few of the games they currently have available.